Porter Airlines has taken delivery of the first two of 50 Embraer E195-E2 aircraft in a bid to provide a new economy offering for passengers. Delivery of a further three aircraft is expected in the run-up to the New Year.
Porter, the North American launch customer for Embraer’s E195-E2, is opening up operations throughout North America, including to the West Coast, Southern U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean. According to Porter, the aircraft will initially be deployed from Toronto Pearson International Airport, with Halifax, Montreal and Ottawa also seeing new services with the E195-E2. Porter has chosen to configure the 146-seat aircraft in a 132-seat all-economy configuration, with a variety of seat pitches on offer for its guests, 36, 34, and 30 inches.
Michael Deluce, President and CEO of Porter Airlines, said: “The official delivery of these aircraft is the beginning of a new era for Porter. The E195-E2 enables us to reach across the continent, beyond our Eastern Canada roots, while introducing a level of service for economy air travellers that no other North American airline provides. It’s an enhanced experience that builds on our reputation for providing an elevated level of service to every passenger at reasonable prices in a single class of service. The first planes are ready to fly to Canada later this month before going into regular service in February.”
Arjan Meijer, President and CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation, said: “Porter is focused on delivering what we all want – making the air travel experience a pleasure. Along with their exciting levels of service and generosity, Porter’s entire fleet is also without the dreaded middle seat, and will also satisfy the sustainability needs of Porter’s guests. E195-E2 is the most sustainable single-aisle aircraft, at 65% quieter and up to 25% cleaner than previous-generation aircraft. It has the lowest fuel consumption per seat and per trip among 120 to 150 seat aircraft, and is the quietest single-aisle jet flying today.”
In total, Porter has orders with Embraer for up to 100 E195-E2 aircraft; 50 firm commitments and 50 purchase rights. In 2021 Porter ordered 30 Embraer E195-E2 jets, with purchase rights for a further 50 aircraft, worth $5.82 billion at list price, with all options exercised. A firm order for a further 20 aircraft followed in 2022, valued at $1.56 billion.